Fear Uncertainty and Cluelessness

I’m generally impressed with the quality of our competitors FUD and anti-JBoss marketing. Our competitors may not be super-smart but they generally make up for it in raw man-power (or girl power) and can usually produce reasonably well researched; well articulated arguments. But this latest piece from Oracle is way, way below their usual standards. It contains a multitude of blatantly incorrect statements – most seemingly not through malice but more likely through pure ignorance and laziness.

The only conclusion I was able to draw from the blog post (and it’s not easy to draw any conculsion) is that Oracle answer to pretty much anything is “we can make anything better with Engineered Systems”. If that’s Oracle strategy then they probably need to salvage the hardware business they’ve managed to run into the ground.

By and large, the blog post is of such poor quality that it barely deserves a response but Shane produced one anyway – I guess it presents such an easy opportunity to make Oracle look clueless.

Come on Oracle – get your act together !

Is Java Dead Yet ?

This question has been asked many times over the last 13 years or so; I’ve answered it numerous times in various dark corners of the web related to these kinds of discussion. But the question came on our JBoss EAP 6 and Data Grid Virtual Launch today, so here’s this year’s answer.

In a word – No.

For a longer answer, here follows my attempt at a substantiation.

It’s part of my job to know what’s coming next and I’ve been tracking a number of sources that track technology adoption and popularity for many years. The first is specific to programming languages – the Tiobe Index.

The question most people have is why after XX years is C still so popular ? My explanation is that it’s still the standard language for embedded devices – device drivers, network appliances, automation systems, etc. And the embedded market has absolutely exploded in the last 5 years.

EASE INTO THE CLOUD : Red Hat Virtual Event


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